Monday, January 11, 2016

Formation of the HLS NOW Facilitation Corp

Dear Negotiation Student,

Events of the past year at Harvard Law School, within the nation, and around the globe raise questions of law, identity, connection, belonging, alienation, and difference. Our thoughts and feelings related to these events shape how we come together (or divide) as community, nation, and world. HLS community members often desire organized, low risk fora to share and discuss their perspectives on these important moments and listen to the views of others. We want to create that space with HLS Now – a quick response dialogue project that delivers facilitated small-group discussions for members of the Harvard Law School community in the wake of major happenings on campus, in national politics, or on the world stage. For us to do this critical work, we need a corps of trained facilitators to lead these dialogues.

The Opportunity & Commitment

This opportunity is ideal for students who are interested in receiving facilitation training and who would be excited to serve the HLS community in moments of political and social change.

To participate, we ask that you commit to two nights of intensive facilitation training, co-led by HNMCP Director Bob Bordone and HNMCP Associate Sam Straus, at the beginning of the Spring 2016 semester. This training will give participants the basic skills in listening, framing, process design, and asking questions that they need to facilitate small group dialogues on difficult topics.  The first night of training will be on Friday, February 12, 2016from 3:00pm – 7:00pm. The second night of training will be on Friday, February 19, 2016from 3:00pm – 7:00pm. Attendance at both sessions is required.

In addition, facilitators should be prepared to facilitate two 90-minute dialogues during the Spring 2016 semester, possibly on short notice. While you will not be expected to miss class to facilitate a dialogue, you must be willing to postpone social events to be available in the event of a major event.

The Application Process

The HLS Now Facilitation Corp will be compromised of six facilitators, chosen through an application process. To apply, please complete this online application, attaching your resume and a 1-page statement of interest, by Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 12:00pm